Lesson 3 – Strength through SurrenderJuly 1, 2020
Strength through Surrender
“The weakest saint can experience the power of the Deity of the Son of God if once he is willing to “let go.” Any strand of our own energy will blur the life of Jesus. We have to keep letting go, and slowly and surely the great full life of God will invade us in every part, and men will take knowledge of us that we have been with Jesus.” ~ Oswald Chambers
Christ offers us a radical departure from the world’s idea of power. Strength comes not through influence or determination. The true strength comes only through surrender to the Master of all authority.
“Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.” (1 Peter 5:6)
COMMITMENT vs. SURRENDER
Commitment is an act of putting into charge or trust (You are still in control)
Surrender is the action of yielding one’s person or giving up the possession of something into the power of another. (You relinquish control)
- Kingdom authority does not come through It comes through .
- When you surrender to God, get ready for Him to .
In your weakness, you will find God’s strength.
We must do things according to .
- Order in .
- God the , God the and God the (Equal Worth but not sameness in function)
- God’s Word shows .
- Order in the .
- The perfect order behind allows our planet to support life.
- Creation itself praises God in its .
- Natural bears marks of both God’s order and .
“So I find this law at work: Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me. 22 For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; 23 but I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me.” (Romans 7: 21-23)
- Order in the
“Or again, how can anyone enter a strong man’s house and carry off his possessions unless he first ties up the strong man? Then he can plunder his house.” (Matthew 12:29)
- The home is the on earth that Satan wants to see kingdom authority.
- The husband is to be the .
- The relationship is to take top priority.
“That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh.” (Gen. 2:24)
d. The husband is to his wife.
“Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with respect as the weaker partner and as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life, so that nothing will hinder your prayers.” (1 Peter 3:7)
e. Marriage is a .
We must recognize that love is not primarily a feeling. Love is first and foremost a choice that is initiated by a command. “Husbands, love your wives” (Ephesians 5:25a)
Behind every command of God is the omnipotent power of God to carry it out if we will depend upon Him. A man can choose to love his wife, and God will give him the power to do it.
- Order in the
- Christ is to the .
- The saved are the members under His authority.
- Jesus has over the Church.
- The church is
“Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God, which he bought with his own blood.” (Acts 20:28)
ii. Deacon-served. (Deacon simply means servant or minister)
iii. Ministry operated
iv. Congregationally affirmed.
5. Order in Society
- We all live under authority God has set over us.
“Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human authority: whether to the emperor, as the supreme authority, 14 or to governors, who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to commend those who do right.” (1 Peter 2: 13-14)
We will never be over what God has place us over until we’re under what God has placed us under.
We submit not for the sake of authority we recognize, but for the sake of God who established the authority.